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Make, Do, Mend

26 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019


Monday 26 August 2019, 10.00am - Monday 26 August 2019, 2.00pm

Monday 26 August 2019, 4.00pm - Monday 26 August 2019, 8.00pm

Tuesday 27 August 2019, 10.00am - Tuesday 27 August 2019, 2.00pm

Tuesday 27 August 2019, 4.00pm - Tuesday 27 August 2019, 8.00pm

Wednesday 28 August 2019, 4.00am - Wednesday 28 August 2019, 8.00am

Wednesday 28 August 2019, 10.00am - Wednesday 28 August 2019, 2.00pm

Thursday 29 August 2019, 10.00am - Thursday 29 August 2019, 2.00pm

Friday 30 August 2019, 10.00am - Friday 30 August 2019, 2.00pm


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland City Centre

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Maker Space area, ground floor


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The Make, Do, Mend program is a series of sewing, stitching and repurposing workshops.

Centered around the Japanese concept of “Mottaini” (a striving to minimize wastefulness in both action and thought), professional costumer Gracie Matthews will be joining us as she works on a Mottaini-inspired period costume project and teaches you the basics of sewing on a selection of vintage machines.

Come along and have a go at the following activities:

Tote Bag Sewing

Learn how to use a vintage sewing machine to make a simple tote bag from re-purposed materials.

Bring in your own items to upcycle or use the scrap material provided.


Drop in for a demonstration of repairing, mending and upcycling in the Japanese styles of Boro (Japanese for “rags” or “tattered cloth”) and Sashiko (meaning “little stabs”).

Embracing the concept of 'wabi sabi’, learn how to repurpose disused items and learn a new skill, while finding the beauty in an object's impermanence and imperfection.

Bring in your own items to upcycle or use the scrap material provided.


Onehunga Primary School tackles waste minimisation

One school is learning how to be more environmentally sustainable with the help of the Love Your Neighbourhood initiative.

Talk, Tour, Film: Poles Apart

Visit the Polish Museum in Howick to hear the story of the 733 Polish children of Pahiatua.

South Auckland school's police programme receives grant

Papakura High School’s Pathways to Police programme, Hotaka Piri Kura, has received a $5000 Auckland Airport grant.